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CSPAN
Oct 5, 2012 7:00am EDT
i heard mitt romney say states' rights. is it the right of the state to come into the cities and overthrow the local municipalities? if that is big government, small government. i do not know. i think they should have the right to control their own destiny in their own city. it is on the ballot in november. and i am telling everybody in michigan to a vote it down. we did not need dictatorship. it is a dictator bill. host: thank you. on twitter -- the government to do its job, maintain the general welfare. from debate news, the numbers are and on how many watched on television. more than 67 million watched the first presidential debate. nearly 16 more watched four years ago for about 12 of the 67 who watched president obama square off against mitt romney were between 18-34. fox news channel average 10.4 million viewers. a big improvement over 8.2. cnn clock about 6.1 million. this number of course does not include the numbers of people who watched on the internet or their mobile devices. and also c-span is not included in the ratings. those are the basic numbers. next, let us here
CSPAN
Oct 1, 2012 2:00am EDT
obama can get that done than governor romney appeared >> -- then governor romney. >> right now, you're trying to get a sales tax increase to pay for pre-k. can you defend, sitting next to someone who does not like texas famously, the decision to brought to market with a tax increase even for something you so strongly believe in? many mayors are with you, but there are a lot of elected officials and san antonio who are not with you. >> basically, i fundamentally believe that brainpower is the currency of success. in the 21st century global economy. those communities that created will be the communities that thrive in our market economy. and those communities that do not will be the ones who fall behind. san antonio, i believe, needs to make a huge investment in education. that investment is not limited to more money. it also means getting paren involved. it also means expecting more from everybody along whole education ecosystem, from administrators to policy-makers to teachers come expecting more out of everyone. so what i have on the table in san antonio is basically a 1/8 cent sales
CSPAN
Oct 4, 2012 5:00pm EDT
doing it again in 2012 because i believe this man, met romney, is right person with the right experience at the right time to get america back is right track. america needs met romney. hip-hop i want you to go out and fight for these principles we believe i want you to stand up to make that 21st century another american century. i want you to share that message with your friends and neighbors and family members and the people you work with and the people you go to church with and with strangers on the street. it is time for all good men and all good women to come to the aid of their country. we have 33 days to get america back on the right track. so, augusta county, tonight, i want to ask you can, the only question that matters. 33 days away from is election day and i want you to shout at some of the people in stanton and harrison bergeron and waynesboro and stewart's strap here you -- the question is this. are you all ready to what? [applause] car you all ready to lead? are you all ready to win? heckling let's go get this thing done. thank you, everybody. god bless you. ♪ ♪ >> this
CSPAN
Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
everything that the constitution says they do not have a right to do. romney is not my ideal guy, but i have to tell you, after what we have seen over the last four years, i do not know how anybody out there -- even if you are a democrat and believe in civil liberties -- this guy is all about the foreign wars. i do know if it will be any better with romney. he is a big government i through and through. host: that was david from arlington, virginia. this is "the daily caller." charlotte, n.c., and obama supporter. hello. what did you think about the debate? caller: i thought gov. romney came in as being well rehearsed. i feel that obama stood by what he stood by four years ago. he was in a deadlocked congress. he was not given a fair chance to provide us with the goals he tried to achieve and the four years. i feel he has not been given the respect of a president of the united states. i feel that america has lost their respect of a president. he was not given a fair opportunity to -- about what he said he was going to do. that is wired we have a more unemployed ray -- he was not g
CSPAN
Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm EDT
is taking. i think romney has a real chance to govern with the right agenda. >> back in the corner there is a question. >> the last couple of weeks in particular have been very difficult for governor romney and his campaign. they have done a couple of three boots, as they call them. where do you think his campaign has been missing the mark and what does he come up to do in the first presidential debate and in the remaining five weeks? >> i ran for president and failed miserably, so i am in no position to opine on this one. i am not much of a political analyst, anyway, but let me just draw from a little bit of experience and say that's it helps when you look into the camera and speak from the heart in ways that allow the voters to feel the sincerity and the commitment, to the issues around jobs and economic growth, which i think i happen before anything else. is there opportunity tonight to do that very thing? the listeners in the audience may hear the words and make process the data. we all do that. but we also feel something when our candidates speak to us. do you know what i mean
CSPAN
Sep 29, 2012 4:00pm EDT
close to zero. right now the romney campaign is running a little bit ahead. if we look at the pattern of support among groups like hispanics and the white working class, it's a be the best group for romney to make progress. we look at the break out from the polls that do provide them. we're not seeing any progress. we're not seeing a noticeably bigger margin. it is not happening. that is being translated into a similar margin here in the center of the state. minorities are going up. in virginia, the key to virginia for romney would be to widen the margin they would get. mccain carried them by over 30 points. so did romney. it is basically about the same margin as mccain got in 2008. we see this burgeoning white college graduate group that obama lost by about 11. in 2008. the is basically about even. it makes it difficult for romney to put together a coalition that could put this. colorado has been closed. obama looks like he has a three or four. lead. -- thre or four point lead. it does not appear that romney is able to turn that demographic in his favor. he is not doing much better a
CSPAN
Oct 4, 2012 1:00am EDT
right now. >> do you think mr. romney gained some ground from this? >> i think a tree is known by the fruit it bears. i think he has flip flop of a lot of the issues he has gone through this year as far as campaigning. this health care plan than he got in place in massachusetts is pretty much a very similar plan, the same layout as the obama health care plan, yet he wants to repeal its. he does not want to repeal -- reveal what he will place a plan with. just basically stating what he wants to do but he has not given us a specific plan. if you are going to take the american people somewhere, you have to let them know where you are going to take them. how he is going to create jobs, there are cuts that will have to be made and he is not informing the american people. >> thank you very much. marcia in harrison, arkansas on the republican line. >> i was calling just to say that you all did a really good job tonight and i think both the republican and democrats looked good. the president and mr. romney did a good job. >> who did a better job? >> i don't know, i think it is a brawl. they b
CSPAN
Oct 6, 2012 4:00pm EDT
and the groups on the right, it is gov. romney's side come if you will, that has a higher weight on television. that is a big important part of the finance report the republican national committee and the democratic national committee use to be able to do this. basically, the entities that are most accountable to the voters are the candidates themselves. that to stand behind their ads and put their faces on their ads and say they authorized to this. they are ultimately the people that are voted on. the next layer route is the party commission. they are held to account. they're the closest thing compared to the candidates to be held to account. the dga and the rga figured that out for it quickly. this is the result of a lot of people with good intentions who feel that money has no place in politics. but they ended up putting many outside. there's the share of spending by candidates in the past, well before 2002, it was. -- it was. -- it was 50/50. you started to move back and then you have the party committees during private expenditure in ads. the states should be able to work with
CSPAN
Oct 3, 2012 10:30pm EDT
little bit more aggressive in cutting off mitt romney and giving obama a fair share of what he had to say. >> cnn had a debate timer. if their numbers are right, president obama actually got a little bit more time. >> it is probably because obama had a lot of pauses in his speech where mitt romney kept going and going. that is one thing i really did like about his speech is he kept moving on to the next point where obama was a something and pause for a while and then kept going. i really liked mitt romney's presence and how he kept moving onto the next point. i did like also how obama kept asking mitt romney about what his plan is. he never said what his plan is. he just kept saying he has a plan. >> thank you, peter. >> we are going to go to miami, florida. >> romney never gave me an idea on what he was going to do with obamacare. >> you have to hit the volume on your tv. are getting feedback. i am going to move on. sorry about that. next up is a republican from pennsylvania. >> i was very pleased with the debate. i thought it went well. i certainly do think that mitt romney came out
CSPAN
Sep 30, 2012 6:00am EDT
creators. we need a leader. we need leadership to get the country back on track, to put the right ideas in place. that leader is mitt romney. [applause] that man is going to get our country back on the right track. [cheers and applause] very rarely do we see a situation where the man and the moment meet so well. this is a man who has shown one thing for his accomplishments, a decisive, principled leadership. that is the kind of man we need. [applause] it is not good enough for us to complain. we are not simply saying hire us because the other guy is inadequate and failed. we want to earn this victory. we want to deserve this victory. what we need as a country is a mandate and the moral authority to get us back on the right track and put the right ideas in place to get people out of poverty, out of living paycheck to paycheck. to get people back into jobs with higher pay so they have economic security so we can get the economy growing and restore the promise of the american dream for everybody. that means ideas. we are offering very specific, bold ideas to fix the big problems in this co
CSPAN
Oct 3, 2012 7:00pm EDT
and especially. i know too many people who are suffering under lost or that or student dead right now and cannot find a job and are living at home. i think mitt romney, with his experience as a businessman making the tough decisions and understanding how to make efficiency and competitiveness your top concerns will change that and give opportunities to people. we have had enough time with barack obama. it is time for results. it is time for a difference. >> thank you for justin, watching us in new york. up next is cody, in alexandria, virginia, an independent. what question would you ask? caller: i would ask mitt romney what he actually has an account offshore, an offshore account. that is something very troubling. when you go to most of his republican party campaigns, they want to create -- to seem credible, that he is american. i want to know why he decided to go offshore, and if that makes him a patriot like most americans think he is. this is the first time i will be voting, anyway. tonight if he is able to answer the question, i think i might be able to -- >> and independent,
CSPAN
Sep 30, 2012 11:00pm EDT
the big window we have. right after the election, the first-year, either romney's first-year or obama, who will never run for reelection again, so people not have to worry about it. this will be the window to cut the budget in some significant way, or at least have an outline for cutting the budget, and reform the tax system in some kind of significant way. the question is will it be the big picture reforms we need or will it be a 12-month solution. but they will have to do something that will hurt. i hate to say that. >> hurt everybody? >> yes. the only reason i would hesitate is that probably at the bottom of the income scale, hit make sure they are not hurt. >> what would you say to someone watching the elections and listening to the candidates, and they all promise that if you elect me, everything will be fine? it happened four years ago. >> it happened eight years ago, 12 years ago, 14 years ago. everybody is not the point to be fine. what i hope will happen is that he will have been shared sacrifice. everyone will suck it up and grow up and enough already and will cut all of the
CSPAN
Oct 5, 2012 9:00am EDT
talk about that. where do you think the presidential race is right now. guest: mitt romney is looking very good peer that is why in the obama administration did not want to run against mitt romney. he was the most threatening of the candidates. it is very hard to take on an incumbent. it has only happened -- republicans have only done at one time in the last few years. is in the last time it happened when clinton took out bush? it is curious, for example, there were 70 million viewers of that debate the other night, the highest it has been since 1992, the last time an incumbent was taken out. that is because people are uncomfortable with obama, but if they are not political knocks, like we are, they have not been paying attention, or have not been watching the debates and the just want to see who the challenger is and whether they are comparable with him. after monday night, everybody is pretty comfortable with mitt romney. >> i was reading back on your twitter feed. back in february you were saying conservatives should support mitt romney. is that because of the field or because of h
CSPAN
Oct 4, 2012 8:00pm EDT
important to us that governor romney is talking about first amendment rights and religious freedom. sometimes that gets played over in america. as victims in a church in mississippi, we have had many a salted. we're not even allowed to eat in certain restaurants. we are hoping that the religious persecution, which has been ongoing, perhaps when mr. romney becomes our next president, we are hoping that whoever gets the office, we have the worst civil rights violation in mississippi and the correction in the local and state government in mississippi. lives are being hurt. children are being kidnapped. i was very motivated to your mitt romney talk about the first amendment. >> we will get a couple more calls. back to our twitter stream. -- her ee is one this one says -- ours go to a caller on democrat line. go ahead. caller: i am a registered democrat. i am on a fixed income. i worry about our medicare and social security. people are on fixed incomes and depend on social security and medicare. i will vote for mitt romney. i feel that he is the one to straighten out this country and th
CSPAN
Oct 5, 2012 8:00pm EDT
you think the presidential race is right now? >> i think mitt romney is looking very good. that's why the obama administration didn't want to run against mitt romney. he was clearly the most threatening of the republican candidates. i think he's the strongest candidate against obama. it's very hard to take out an incumbent. it's only happened at least republicans have only done it one time before in the last 100 years. when reagan beat carter. i guess isn't last time it's happened, when clinton took out bush. so it's curious, for example, that there were 70 million viewers of that debate the other night. the highest it's been since 1992, last time an incumbent was taken out. and i think that's because people are uncomfortable with obama. but if they're not political nuts, like we are, they haven't been paying attention, haven't been watching all of the debates. and they just want to see who the challenger is and whether they're comfortable with him. and i think after wednesday night, everybody's pretty comfortable with mitt romney. >> you were early. looking back i was reading back on
CSPAN
Oct 5, 2012 2:00pm EDT
economic rights. if you think about, for example, can it romney's on president obama and how he contributed to win an's job losses -- candidate romney on president obama and how he contributed to women's job losses. it is a term that has often been demonized by governors, like governor scott walker of wisconsin. you see independent women, as i said before the you see a growing block of women, not as progressive democrat who do worry about how their daughter may not have access to planned parenthood. that is really about women's health, mammograms, and other health issues. not just these hot-button issues of reproductive choices. i think the independent women voters will make the difference in seeing a party that is not hospitable to women's health rights and linked to that, as i said, in order to control your economic destiny. host: the last didn't from miami, a senior political science member -- major. caller: i guess i will and where we began on that article about the 1%. i wanted to rescue -- ask you how judicial nominations have gone by the wayside and why it is not look tha
CSPAN
Oct 5, 2012 1:00am EDT
the undecided voters in the swing states say the country is going in the right direction. 70% say it is on the wrong track. that is much more negative than the country as a whole. that is why i believe romney is poised to pick up some of them. >> anybody who thinks the next debate will be the same as this one, i think they are making a mistake. of what is going to say, let's throw that playbook out and try something different. -- obama is going to say, let's throw that playbook out and try something different. >> the debate was over and i thought, romney did pretty good. obama seemed pretty flat. watching the post-debate and some this morning, the romney performance went from here to here in the analysis. as someone who, if you want to or not, pushed back a little bit -- push back a little bit but keep in mind x. tell us how well the president did. >> or try to avoid it. >> first, i would like to thank charlie and the "national journal" for this event. i think both glen and i would agree, charlie is someone that both of us can trust because he plays it right down the line. >> i am
CSPAN
Oct 7, 2012 10:00am EDT
have work to do. but the fact that unemployment is now under 8%, says we are heading in the right direction under varied economic policies that governor romney is articulating. we had crushing unemployment. unemployment went up every single month and that was a result of the policies and democrats have been articulating. we are going in a better direction. joblessness is going down. unemployment is going down. i would rather be going in that direction than the direction we went in. the numbers shall i think, are good, at not really as matter of politics which is good to the connery. that is what counts. >> congressman, i want to ask you a couple of questions about campaign strategy. one of them having to do with medicare.xxx i know that when paul ryan was picked as the republican vice president nominee. i don't think there is anybody more excited than were you about that. you gies have made it a living of paul ryan's budget and the proposal to turn medicare into a voucher program. am wondering though if you think that that line of attack on republicans has panned out as well as yo
CSPAN
Oct 4, 2012 10:00am EDT
the right side of those issues and mr. romney continues to be on the defense. romney was testy. >> they did not mention the 47%. >> that was not a deliberate decision from the romney campaign -- from the obama campaign not to mention that. what is important is you are sitting on your couch in denver or des moines or charlotte and listening to the clear difference between the two candidates and that's what you got tonight and that's what will be good for the president. >> [indiscernible] >> i think we have continued to lay out a clear vision on how to move this country fort. >> what will the schedule before the republicans? and what about ohio? >> we feel great about ohio. be aalways going to battleground state. we will continue to go there. i think that will be difficult for romney. >> he supports medicare vouchers. he thinks we can add $7 trillion to the debt before we even get to our debt problem that now exists. i think people are smarter. i think governor romney plays the american people cheap. i think his problems were clear. >> [inaudible] -- drone strikes? >> we will hav
CSPAN
Oct 7, 2012 6:00pm EDT
right direction under the very economic policies that governor romney is articulating and espousing. we had crushing unemployment. unemployment went up there is a month. as a result of policies that democrats have been articulating, we're going in a better direction. i would rather be going in that direction. these numbers are good -- not as a matter politics -- but good for the country and that is what counts. >> a lot to ask a couple questions about campaign strategy. with medicare. i know that when paul ryan was picked as the vice-presidential nominee, i don't think there's anybody that was more excited about that then you work and you have made a living out of all ryan's budget and turning medicare into a voucher program. i wonder if you think that line of attack on republicans has panned out as well as you thought it would come given the fact that the romney campaign has pointed that out. >> i can give you some empirical evidence that those perfectly misplaced priorities by republicans in voting to end medicare in order to fund tax cuts for millionaires, that those priorities h
CSPAN
Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
noise exception right now as we welcome president obama and governor romney. [applause] welcome to you both. let's start with the economy. segment one. let's begin with drops. what are -- let's begin with jobs. what are the major differences between the two of you about how you would go about creating new jobs? you have two minutes each to start. the coin toss has determined that mr. president goes first. >> thank you very much for this opportunity. thank you, governor romney, and the university of denver. 20 years ago i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. i want to wish you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. four years ago, we went through the worst financial crisis since the great depression. millions of jobs were lost. the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. the financial system froze up. because of the resilience in the termination of the american people, we have begun to fight our way back. we have seen hide million jobs in the private sector created. t
CSPAN
Oct 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
rights of businesses. [inaudible] let's get to the issue of mitt romney. i'm not crazy about everything the president has done but being a businessman does not necessarily qualify you to run a country simply because the demands of a corporation are not the same as those of the nation. guest: one of the things that research has shown is that young people don't score differently on political knowledge questions. the people who are older than them, above 30, -- they may lack some experience but a great deal of young people who have other issues, people are concerned about jobs in the economy. when they have doubled the of employment rate, those people have a great deal of patience on issues in their voices should be heard in their communities and nationally because of that experience and because of our democracy. host: we're heading into the final weeks of the campaign. in the postgraduate realm, 57% are supporting barack obama. some colleges are evenly divided. jonesboro, arkansas, good morning. caller: i have a lot of friends that actually voted for president obama in the last
CSPAN
Oct 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
? too.have moneyo, right now i'm supporting mitt romney. host: let's get a response. guest: i am sorry that you lost your job. what is says is our economy is not on track. president obama knows that and his message is, "give me four more years." the message from mitt romney is, "get out of here. you have had enough time." that will be a crucial issue. people are looking for those messages. guest: it tends to get lost. not blaming that on the financial mess. of course it will affect him and his political outlook and his vote if he has felt the sting of this recession and getting laid off. a lot of people have been out of work for a long time. some of the jobs may not be coming back. anybody from the romney camp may be looking for this caller. guest: lois romano was talking about the people that en.t jobs mostly were white ma republicans have traditionally gone towards republicans anyway. he has the ability to capture your vote. host: lauren ashburn is the editor in chief of "daily download." howard kurtz is an adviser to the "daily download." guest: brand confusion. host: jenny on our r
CSPAN
Oct 4, 2012 6:00am EDT
right now cannot do that. we have seen layoffs of hundreds of thousands of teachers over the last several years. gov. romney does not think we need more teachers, i do. i think that is the kind of investment or the federal government can help. it can make a difference. as a consequence we will have a better trained work force, and that will create jobs because companies want to locate in places where there is a skilled workforce. >> two minutes, governor. , on the role of government. >> i love great schools. massachusetts, our schools are ranked no. one of 50 states. the key to grade schools, is great teachers. i reject the idea i do not believe in great teachers. every state should make that decision on their own. the role of government -- look behind us. the constitution and the declaration of independence. the role of governmentis to promote and protect the principles of those documents first. life and liberty -- we have a responsibility to protect the lives of people. i do not believe in cutting the military. i want to maintain the strength of the military. the line that says
CSPAN
Oct 7, 2012 1:25am EDT
election if romney loses? they will say he lost because he wasn't far right enough. i wonder if the morning after the morning after people will say we have gone way too far to the right, and we need a center right republican party, which i think the country desperately needs. there needs to be a check under center left, and there is only a way we will get big compromises. >> the histories of both clinton and reagan, the big -- it is hard to know whether the republican party, where they will point the blame if that happens. this question is how they decide to 0 spend the next four years. i think it is hard to tell. there is some hope in looking back. >> reagan was also considered a far right lunatic running a far right republican party at the time, by whoever the tom equivalent was at the time. but in fact, he wasn't. life is just a little more complicated despite your careful analysis. >> he raised taxes when we -- >> that's why i think parties in opposition tend to be less responsible than parties in power. i think you would tend to agree with that. you are agreing from your point
CSPAN
Oct 3, 2012 10:00am EDT
media set up outside of ritchie hall. the hall is closed right now. the president and mr. romney will come later to rehearse for the debate. the media is not permitted to watch that. we will have live coverage when it gets under way at starting at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. and live out to the pentagon for a news briefing with lieutenant- general adrian bradshaw. he is an afghanistan today and will be briefing reporters via videoconference on the progress and transition in afghanistan. again, we are live in the pentagon this morning for a news briefing with lieutenant-general adrian bradshaw piteous, once again, in afghanistan and he will be briefing -- he is, once again, in afghanistan and he will be briefing reporters on the progress and transition in afghanistan. later, former secretary of state henry kissinger will be looking at the upcoming agenda on the 18th national congress of china and what it means for u.s.-china relations. china will have new communist party political leaders stressed that discussion will get underway at 12:30 eastern at the woodrow wilson center in
CSPAN
Oct 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
these right-wing people in places of power when all we have our own financial disaster after another? host: by the way, mitt romney writes in the wall street journal and opinion. two candidates are preparing for the debate on wednesday in denver. at the same time we are asking about the vp candidates and whether they will impact your votes. vermont on the line, independence, mary. will the candidates impact your vote? caller: absolutely. primarily, we need someone who is ready to go if something should happen to the president. by far, biden exceeds paul ryan in those qualifications. he has done a wonderful job as vice president. truly exceptional in comparison to others. you don't hear about it much, but if you go to alternate media you get a very good idea of how hard this man works and how capable he is. the definitely would be my choice. the other thing i would like to comment on. i am a retired teacher. americans really need to understand the history of our issues, not just what the talking heads. are heads if we truly understand how these issues unfolds, i think people w
CSPAN
Oct 4, 2012 1:00pm EDT
for romney ran unsuccessfully for the nomination. he had been running to the right for four years. and i think it becomes like a conditioned behavior. and i think he was slow making the turn back and heading towards swing voters. and i didn't really see him doing that effectively until his convention speech. and then really really really last night. and last night, it really was the first time this campaign that he struck me like the guy that i saw in 1994 and the guy that ran as governor that he was sort of back close to mitt romney 1.0 as opposed to 2.0 or 3.0 and back to who he is. and i tend to think that people -- when you're not pretending to be somebody else, i think you do a better job. and i think this is romney. and i think he's been a long time pretending to be something else and had a hard time getting back to his roots. but i think this is his roots and i wondered whether he could get back there and he did. obviously a strong performance. >> following on the sense -- the wall street journal had an interesting poll yesterday or monday of people indicating they were sort of
CSPAN
Oct 2, 2012 8:00pm EDT
december of last year. warren decker, we will get your reaction to this as mitt romney was asked about a question and then placed this thabet. >> i am listening to you, and i am hearing you say the right things, but i read your first book. it said your mandate, in massachusetts, which should be the model for the country, and i know it came out in the reprint of the book. i am just saying, you refer to individual mandates. >> you have race that before. >> it was true then. >> i will tell you what. [laughter] $10,000 that? bet? >> i am not a betting man. >> i say, in my view, each states should be able to fashion their own program. i go on to talk about the state's. i have not said in that book anything about our plans being a national model of propose innovation. the right course for america is to let individual states -- this is a remarkable nation. this idea of federalism is so extraordinary. let's straight -- let's states have their own solution. >> warren decker, another debate moment from the primary. why did that resonate? >> probably, that, more than anything else probably separa
CSPAN
Oct 7, 2012 10:30am EDT
people are skilled and able to succeed. hard-pressed states right now cannot do that. we have seen layoffs of hundreds of thousands of teachers over the last several years. gov. romney does not think we need more teachers, i do. i think that is the kind of investment or the federal government can help. it can make a difference. as a consequence we will have a better trained work force, and that will create jobs because companies want to locate in places where there is a skilled workforce. >> i love great schools. massachusetts, our schools are ranked no. one of 50 states. the key to grade schools, is great teachers. i reject the idea i do not believe in great teachers. every state should make that decision on their own. the role of government -- look behind us. the constitution and the declaration of independence. is to promote and protect the principles of those documents first. life and liberty -- we have a responsibility to protect the lives of people. i do not believe in cutting the military. i want to maintain the strength of the military. the line that says we are endowed by
CSPAN
Oct 6, 2012 2:00pm EDT
feed into a larger narrative in a way that i think the romney campaign would have preferred. a second reason why it is less effective now is under sec rules, the super pac campaign are able to get lowest available rate for their advertising right now. super pacs are not allowed to do that. they are spending far more, sometimes three times as much, and to get the same money. did the third reason i think you're seeing things less effective, in the last month or two, obama's citizens are waking up and spending more dollars. a bunch of people were coming at the last minute. we have not really seen that. the small dollar fund-raising model has been able to expand nicely for obama toward the end. romney has had to spend a good fortune in september going to fund-raisers trying to collect these $2,500 checks. he has been very successful. it really was a strategic disadvantage at that time in the race. we can get into some of the other questions here. the other thing i would say is that i think there is going to be an interesting political legacy of this election. in all the elections i have c
CSPAN
Oct 1, 2012 12:00pm EDT
into the race cycle with obama and romney? host: what do you say? guest: right now i'm excluded from the first debate. the commission is the presidential debate commission and that is private and made up of republicans and democrats with no interest in seeing a third voice on stage. we have filed three lawsuits to get me on stage based on other third-party candidates who have filed lawsuits. there doesn't seem to be much hope. we filed on the antitrust round, something that has not been done before. host: how much do these debates matter and what are you looking for to hearing on wednesday? guest: the debates are tantamount to me having a chance of winning. you can close the lid on winning the election. is winning getting enough votes to cause one of the other two who ends up winning to give more than just lip service to these issues? potentially. i view this as a victory every single day. there are so many people -- i think i speak on behalf of the majority of americans. i think they consider themselves fiscally responsible and socially respecting. i am in that broad brush category
CSPAN
Sep 30, 2012 1:00am EDT
. look. winston churchill said it best. "the americans can be counted upon to do the right thing, but only after they have exhausted all other possibilities." i think that's where we are. we are at that fork in the road. we have a choice to make. mitt romney and i are giving you a choice. it is a very clear choice of two different futures. you know what? it is not too late to get this right. it is not too late to turn this economy around. it is not too late to secure for our children the promise of america that our parents secured for us. we can do this. we can get this together. we can put this together. and together we can get this done. and you know what? granite staters, you have an norm responsibility and an enormous opportunity. a handful of states will settle this. you understand this. you have had presidential candidates in your kitchens. you are used to this. that's why you know the responsibility that you have. you have a responsibility to talk to your fellow citizens, to get those people that like the promise of home hope and change four years ago that are demoralized now t
CSPAN
Sep 30, 2012 7:00am EDT
we came to this country for a business country and i have more rights than in a moslem country. i will vote for mitt romney. i'm a very libertarian voters. we have been monopolized. look at the restaurant on the highway, all owned by coca-cola or pepsi-cola. the small businessman has no chance. look at danny thomas, a jewish merchant, 11 guys -- a lebanese merchants. if you are working on your own, you pay higher for a business license. guest: are not sure which to address. on the criticism of the two parties, i read a quote recently or someone said there is only one party and that is the wall street party. maybe that is the problem. i have not seen anybody prosecuted on wall street since the crash of 2008. i personally attribute that to the fact that neither party wants to offend wall street. there is so much money involved. it has happened before. it happened at the end of the 19th century. 1% of the population had half the well. 10% of the population at 90% of the wealth. maybe we are at the same point and at that point, it gave birth to the progressive movement. they were libe
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Oct 7, 2012 7:00am EDT
matter. the way the money is being spent, everywhere else in the country right now -- the small businessman will be the last on the list. i hope the mayor romney gets elected because i feel he will do a little bit more -- i hope mitt romney gets elected because i think you will do a little bit more for small business. i wanted to say one other thing. i have never been rewarding for failing. i had an auto repair shop. i had to close my business recently because of what president obama did when he came in and bail out the auto industry. all he did was to reward people that failed. if we are going to continue to pay taxes, we should not be using taxes to reward people who fail. we should be using them to reward people that want to work. everybody in this country should succeed, not just people in government. host: president obama gave an address yesterday talking about how congress should act to keep taxes low. let's take a listen. >> 97% of small-business owners will not see their taxes go up next year. this is something everybody says they agree on. it should have gotten done mon
CSPAN
Oct 3, 2012 1:00pm EDT
president and mr. romney have scheduled rehearsal times. the hall itself has been closed to cameras all day, no media is permitted in the rehearsals. right now, this is the spin room, where hundreds of the press are setting up their own studios. we also learn from the white house that the president would get the first question tonight, two minutes to respond, and in terms of who is invited to night, students from the university of denver, a member of guests invited by the campaign will be invited and independent. -- in attendance. once again, it all starts with our preview program at 7:00, the debate beginning at 9:00, focusing on domestic policy. earlier this week, journalists and political communications scholars discuss the upcoming presidential debates and ask the citizens to judge candidates on their grasp of issues and the qualities they want in a leader. this was held by the national communications association, took place here at the newseum in washington. this is about one hour and a half. >> it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you here today in our knight studio at the newseu
CSPAN
Oct 6, 2012 5:30pm EDT
facing you right now. forward and we will see if there are more debate later on. >> the issue of government assistance and who pays for them and receive them. the city recorded a video at mitt romney -- the secret recorded video of mitt romney at a private fund-raiser. let's take a look. >> 47% -- >> in 2010, 38.5% of texans filing a retirement paid no income tax. there is no complete data on who get government assistance but last year, 24% of households get social security. almost 14% debt retirement income. 5% get disability benefits and almost 14%, food stamps. >> do you think east texans are victims of believe government has a responsibility to care for them? >> of course not. i agree with mitt romney when he said is, there were poorly phrased? there is a difference. part of the philosophy of president obama and this administration is trying to get as many americans as possible dependent on government so the democrats can stay in power in perpetuity. the reason i think that is failing is even those americans, if you break down that 47%, there is a significant chunk of people
CSPAN
Oct 2, 2012 1:00am EDT
? >> i think it is a way we engage the narrative of the race, but i think you are right and that it affects voters. i was in virginia, talking to people in prince william county, and republicans who voted for mccain were saying, "i do not know if romney is going to win." a sense of not wanting to vote for a loser. it does affect some voters. >> on the other hand, it can be a moment -- earlier in the election cycle, where you say that guy that i thought did not have a chance, i am not the only one who likes him, and maybe he can get the nomination. obviously, we are curious. we want to know who is winning, but we also want to be part of a conversation with other people and know what other people are thinking. i am not sure that is such a bad thing. i do not know that needs to be put in isolation before we vote. >> it is an easy way to inject drama today into something that is not going to happen for months and down the line. it is pretty sleazy journalism, but it is probably no worse than going to a speech and writing down what the guy says. >> it is good information to have, as a jo
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Sep 30, 2012 4:30pm EDT
above reproach, he usually balance it with praise for things the country had done right. all that -- that is in a long acknowledging pastdents imperfections. these cannot by any normal dictionaries amount to apologies. either formal or informal. again, last month, when romney accepted his party's nomination, he repeated the assertion that obama had begun his presidency with an apology tour, and obama had confessed the u.s. had "dictated to other nations." that fact check story went into greater detail, pointing out that obama's trips to europe, latin america, to the muslim world during his first months in office, no indications were he had said the nation had made mistakes. in most of those cases, the context was a call for better relations with other countries after which he described as damage done by misguided moves by his predecessor, bush. so we fact check that. again, it did not seem to make a difference to the campaign. earlier this month, when that violence broke out at u.s. diplomatic outposts in libya and egypt. romney jumped to accuse obama of disgraceful handling of th
CSPAN
Oct 2, 2012 1:00pm EDT
after the morning after. >> when is that? >> i do not know and make no predictions, but if romney gets smashed, i happen to think the political problem in the country today is we have a center left party and a far-right party. that is a short show party -- a structural problem. the republican party has gone nuts. that is my opinion. they have been simultaneously at war with math and physics at the same time. [laughter] on the deficit it was that the deficits do not matter. biology boggles some of them, that guy in missouri, too, for that matter. what happens the morning after the election from a loses? i wonder about the morning after the morning after though. we have gone way too far to the right and we need a different republican party. we need a center-right republican party which i think the country really needs. it needs to be a check on the rate -- the left and center left and that is the only way we will get a check on these issues. >> history suggests the second term of clinton and reagan were the productive terms where they had big achievements. it's hard to know whether
CSPAN
Sep 29, 2012 7:00am EDT
this country? how can mitt romney talk about jobs in this country when his company, bain keep, which he founded and certainly has ties to and can influence today, will send out more than 150 jobs to china right now, most of them will lose their jobs on november 5. they'll get on the unemployment line and vote at just about the same time. host: tell us about the title of your book, "the silent ma jort." who are these folks, and how are they silent? guest: well, i really do think that those who are deeply concerned about war, those who are concerned about the growing inequality in this country, people who are deeply concerned about climate change, the forest fires, the droughts, i mean, we're talking about dust bowl-era times now in this country, and not only in this country, but around the world, those who are concerned about the fate of the planet are not a fringe minority, not even a silent majority. but the silenced majority, silenced by the corporate media, which is why we have to take it back. host: but one could argue that with the explosion of social media, with all the stuff t
CSPAN
Oct 2, 2012 10:00am EDT
not feed into a larger narrative in a way that i think the romney campaign would have preferred. a second reason why it is less effective now is under sec rules, the super pac campaign are able to get lowest available rate for their advertising right now. super pacs are not allowed to do that. they are spending far more, sometimes three times as much, and to get the same money. did the third reason i think you're seeing things less effective, in the last month or citizens are waking up and spending more dollars. a bunch of people were coming at the last minute. we have not really seen that. the small dollar fund-raising model has been able to expand nicely for obama toward the end. romney has had to spend a good fortune in september going to fund-raisers trying to collect these $2,500 checks. he has been very successful. it really was a strategic disadvantage at that time in the race. we can get into some of the other questions here. the other thing i would say is that i think there is going to be an interesting political legacy of this election. in all the elections i have covered
CSPAN
Oct 6, 2012 7:00am EDT
absolutely right. at least for the president and the president's campaign staffers in chicago, this month's numbers did give them a chance to stand to the republican critics out there, including presidential candidate mitt romney, you have been criticizing us for the last few years and for the last few months. the jobless rate goes from 8.1% to 7.8% gives the president a better footing with telling the people that all of the investments may in the last -- made in the last few years are working. we have come to bank far to turn back now. host: -- we have come too far to turn back now? host: a question says is it possible to read the numbers? this is suspicious. guest: i, personally, do not think this is possible. most economists and economists who have been around for a long time would agree with me that this is not something that is possible. as i mentioned, we had labor secretary hilda solis say this is a ludicrous charge. this so-called conspiracy theory or this true author -- truther movement says that it is not possible for the jobless rate to have fallen that much in the month
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Oct 4, 2012 2:30am EDT
president obama will come in from the right. gov. romney from the left. they will shake hands and go back behind the podium. we will be on the way. between now and then, you can feel free to talk and do what ever noisy would like to make. once i sit down and i turnaround and say, ok, something to that the fact -- please. when they do come in, there is one exception. you can applaud. i will applaud. you can applaud then. and at the very and i will look at the prompter again and say goodbye to everybody and that we can all applaud. in between the, 90 minutes of wonderful, serious delightful silence. let's have a good time. [applause] >> good evening from the magness arena. i welcome you to the first presidential debate between president barack obama and the republican nominee mitt romney. this debate and the next three are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six 15-minute segments with two-minute answers for the first question then open discussion for t
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